Beyond the 120-Year Diet: How to Double Your Vital Years

Beyond the 120-Year Diet: How to Double Your Vital Years

Beyond the 120-Year Diet: How to Double Your Vital Years

Beyond the 120-Year Diet: How to Double Your Vital Years


The author of "The Anti-Aging Plan" explains how longevity can be significantly increased by a nutrient-rich diet that has about a third fewer calories. In this revised edition, Dr. Walford backs up his arguments with laboratory evidence. The book contains 20 days of menus with fewer than 1,500 calories a day. 20 charts. 25 tables.


The public attitude towards retarding aging and greatly extending life span has undergone a remarkable change since the first edition of this book, in 1986. Beginning a book tour for that edition, my first encounter was with Charles Gibson, cohost of Good Morning America. As I awaited my turn in the anteroom, I watched Gibson interviewing Shirley MacLaine about her recently published account of her travels into the spirit world. Gibson accepted all of her assertions about the reality of spirits without batting an eye. So I thought I would have an easy interview. But when I faced him for my four minutes of time, he began waving The 120 Year Diet in the air like a madman, and declared, "Your publisher must have insisted on this title."

"No, it's a title I chose," I replied, somewhat startled.

"That can't be. It's absurd to think we can extend the human life span that much!" he insisted (and kept on insisting for the whole four minutes).

The misled Mr. Gibson's attitude was typical of the time. Until the past two to four years, significant life extension has been regarded with about as much credulity as believing in ghosts. It has furthermore been a curiously taboo subject, even among biologists, as discussed at length in my earlier book, Maximum Life Span.

It's not taboo any longer! For his January 1, year 2000 essay in the New York Times, feature columnist William Safire chose as a title, "Why Die?" and went on to discuss briefly not only the probability of life extension but its social ramifications.

Today, few informed people doubt that life extension by means of . . .

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